Doctrine & Covenants 76:22
“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!”
Jesus Christ lives. Each Easter Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That means that after He had died, He rose again, and His perfected body was reunited with His spirit. As a testimony of His sacrifice for us, He still has the marks in his hands, feet, and side. Joseph Smith saw the risen Savior several times. Two of these experiences are recorded in the Doctrine & Covenants. Our prophet and the twelve apostles testify today of the risen Jesus Christ.
Because of Jesus Christ, we will be resurrected too. Knowing this brings us great comfort when our loved ones pass away. We know that death is not the end, and we can look forward to seeing our loved ones again.
Jesus sacrificed and suffered much for us to bring to pass the Atonement. He loves us very much and gave us a way to repent and return to live with Him again someday with our families. We can show our love for Him by keeping His commandments and teaching others about His love and sacrifice.
“This is what we celebrate on Easter Sunday—we celebrate life! Because of Jesus Christ, we will rise from the despair of death and embrace those we love, shedding tears of overwhelming joy and overflowing gratitude. Because of Jesus Christ, we will exist as eternal beings, worlds without end. Because of Jesus the Christ, our sins can not only be erased; they can be forgotten. We can become purified and exalted. Holy. Because of our beloved Savior, we can forever drink from the fountain of water that springs up into eternal life. We can dwell forever in the mansions of our eternal King, in unimaginable glory and perfect happiness.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Why do we celebrate Easter?
How do we know that Jesus lived again after He was dead? (Discuss with your family the many people who are witnesses. Be sure to include the prophet Joseph Smith. Also discuss that through the Holy Ghost we can know for ourselves.)
Will we be resurrected after we die? (Yes)
How can the knowledge of the Resurrection bring us comfort when a loved one passes away?
How can we share our testimonies of Jesus Christ with others?
Read the lyrics from the Primary song DID JESUS REALLY LIVE AGAIN? and discuss the corresponding scriptures while building a mobile to help your children better understand the meaning and significance of the resurrection.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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